STAFF DIRECTORY

Idaho Steelheads Hockey Club3.Color.Fish.Logo
251 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (208) 383-0080
Fax: (208) 383-0194
Email: info@idahosteelheads.com
Tickets: (208) 331-8497

 

FRONT OFFICE STAFF

Eric Trapp - President of Idaho Sports Properties

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Eric Trapp is the President of Idaho Sports Properties and the General Manager of CenturyLink Arena, taking over as head executive in 2005 and taking over day-to-day operations of CenturyLink Arena in 2011. Trapp also sits on the Executive board of the ECHL Board of Governors.

Trapp has helped guide the Steelheads organization to two Kelly Championships in 2004 and 2007, and was named the af2 President of the Year in 2009. He was also named the ECHL’s Marketing Executive of the Year in 2004. Beginning his career in 1991 with Diamond Sports Inc., Trapp has worked as a marketing executive with the Boise Hawks, Sioux City Explorers, Boise Burn, and El Paso Diablos, as well as the Idaho Sneakers of World Team Tennis. He was promoted to Executive VP of Marketing for Diamond Sports, Inc. in 1996.

The Orofino, Idaho native was awarded his Bachelor of Science degrees in advertising and telecommunications, with a minor in marketing, from the University of Idaho in 1991. Trapp resides in Eagle, Idaho.

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Michael DiPalma - Vice President Idaho Sports Properties

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Mike Dipalma has been the Vice President of Idaho Sports Properties since 2004, serving as a front-office leader for two Kelly Cup Championships and 11 winning seasons with the Steelheads. Dipalma got his start in pro sports in 1997 with Diamond Sports Management, serving as a special projects coordinator with the Boise Hawks baseball team and doing marketing work for the Steelheads and CenturyLink Arena. He became Director of Marketing in 1999. Dipalma accepted the position of Assistant General Manager and VP of Sales and Marketing with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2001, winning his first of three ECHL Kelly Cups in 2003 and ECHL Organization of the Year awards in 2002.

Sports have been a common thread through every phase of life for Dipalma. The Corning, NY native is a member of his high school’s Hall of Fame and earned the West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin MVP Award for all around team player in 1995 with the baseball team at Salem International University, where he majored in Sports Management. Dipalma lives in Meridian with his wife, Jody, and children Brooklyn and Matthew.

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Ben Cottier - Director of Ticketing

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Ben Cottier is in his 15th season with the Idaho Steelheads, spearheading ticket sales for the organization and for all events hosted at CenturyLink Arena. Cottier is the only two-time winner of the Steelheads’ Employee of the Year Award, managing all account executives on the Steelheads’ staff.

A University of Idaho alumnus with a degree in Human Resources, Cottier worked in the Human Resources department for the City of Boise prior to joining the Steelheads. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing when he’s not filling the seats at CenturyLink Arena.

Cottier lives in Meridian with his wife, Lisa.

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Matthew Johnson - Director of Creative Services and Game Operations

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Matt Johnson has been involved with the team since the 2006-07 season. Johnson develops and manages the promotional efforts and video presentations at CenturyLink Arena during Steelheads games, as well as content for the team’s social media platforms and video content for the Steelheads’ website.

A Boise State University alumnus, Johnson worked for KLEW in Lewiston, ID as a sports reporter prior to joining the Steelheads. He also worked for KBOI Channel 2 in Boise as well as spending several years in local radio with Cumulus Media (KIZN & KZMG).

In addition to his Steelheads duties, Johnson also works as a Marketing Assistant for Block 22, and is the lead organizer and broadcaster for the Front Street Fights franchise at CenturyLink Arena.

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Brian McCormack - Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations

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Brian McCormack started working with the Steelheads prior to the 2015-16 season. He is the “Voice of the Steelheads”, calling all Steelheads games for KTIK Radio and ECHL TV, with home game televised on Cable One. McCormack also coordinates the Steelheads’ media obligations, provides all written content for the team’s website, and hosts the Bud Light Idaho Steelheads Hockey Show three days a week on 1350 KTIK.

Brian spent the 2014-15 season as a Digital Media Intern with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, providing editorial content for the Blue Jackets’ web site. Brian studied at SUNY Geneseo in New York, where he majored in Communication and Political Science. He was also the radio broadcaster for Geneseo’s Division III hockey team for three seasons and the Sports Director at WGSU Radio for two years. A Long Island, NY native, Brian has also worked for New York’s Stan Fishler and played hockey for 16 years before turning to broadcasting.

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Steven Anderson - Senior Account Executive

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Steve has been with the Steelheads since the 2013-14 season. He works in the Steelheads’ front office as the Senior Account Executive. A graduate of Boise State University, Anderson majored in Business with a minor in Marketing. Anderson also worked as an intern with the Steelheads during his time at Boise State.

Anderson focuses not just on ticket sales with the Steelheads, but also the planning of several community ventures for the Steelheads, including player visits to schools in the Boise area and certain group offerings at CenturyLink Arena. Anderson is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys fishing and golf in the off-season.

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Erik Diehl - Account Executive

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Erik Diehl has been with the steelheads since 2014-15, working in ticket sales with the Steelheads. He is a University of Idaho alumnus with a degree in Marketing. Diehl enjoys mountain sports, including skiing, snowboarding, and biking. He is also an avid hockey fan who loves the Calgary Flames… and the Steelheads!

Erik is newly married and lives in Boise with his wife, Brooke.

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Tyler Nordberg - Account Executive

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Tyler Nordberg started with Steelheads during the 2015-16 season after attending college at Lewis-Clark State College, majoring in Sports Administration. Tyler was a three-sport athlete in high school, starring in tennis, football, and basketball. He also worked in the intramural department while in college.

Nordberg lives in Boise and is an avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast.

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Patrick Leipold - Account Executive

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Patrick Leipold began with the Steelheads during the 2015-16 season in ticket sales. A native of Corning, NY, Patrick attended Medaille College and majored in Sports Management. Leipold joins the Steelheads after working in town with the Boise Hawks baseball team. Leipold remains a baseball guy in addition to his new job in hockey, still playing softball in the summers. Patrick is newly married and lives in Boise with his wife, Rebekah.

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HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF

Neil Graham - Head Coach & Director of Operations

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Neil Graham enters his second season as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations of the Idaho Steelheads. In his first campaign, Graham led the Steelheads to their 19th consecutive playoff appearance, finishing in second place in the West Division.

The Steelheads were one of the ECHL’s best defensive squads in Graham’s first season. Graham coached the ECHL’s second-ranked penalty kill (86.5 percent). The Steelheads also ranked ninth in goals-against after a dramatic improvement in the second half of the season. From December 11th until the end of the season, the Steelheads 31-10-6 record was the fourth best mark in the league.

Graham was named the head coach on August 7, 2015 after serving as a full-time assistant on Brad Ralph’s staff each of the previous two seasons and as a player/coach during the 2012-13 season.  At 30 years old, Graham became the youngest Head Coach in Steelheads history and is currently the youngest bench boss in the ECHL

Graham is the fifth head coach during Idaho’s ECHL tenure and seventh overall since pro hockey arrived in Idaho in 1997.

The Calgary, Alberta native is a graduate of Mercyhurst University (NCAA) where he played hockey for four seasons before turning pro.  He split three seasons between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League, scoring 42 goals and adding 56 assists in 113 professional games before changing his career focus to coaching.

Graham lives year-round in Boise with his wife, Meg, and their son, Rylan.

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Everett Sheen - Steelheads Assistant Coach

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Everett Sheen joined the Steelheads before the 2016-17 season as Assistant Coach following a five year professional playing career. Sheen played 319 career ECHL games with the Reading Royals, the Ontario Reign, and the Colorado Eagles, scoring 48 goals and 137 points along the way. The forward from Lethbridge, Alberta also played a brief stint with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.

Sheen played four seasons of Division I college hockey at Holy Cross College, serving as captain in his junior and senior seasons.

This is Sheen’s first season as a professional coach. He and his wife, Kayla, live in Boise.

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Khris Bestel - Steelheads Equipment Manager

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Khris Bestel has seen it all for the Idaho Steelheads. “The Beast,” as he’s known around the ECHL, has been the equipment manager for the Steelheads since the start of the 2000-01 season, never missing a game during his 16 years in Idaho. Prior to coming to Boise, Bestel was the equipment manager for the ECHL’s Toledo Storm. At the start of this season, Bestel has worked 1,238 consecutive regular season and playoff games for the Steelheads. In addition to his team duties, Bestel is also an entrepreneur. He developed MyGuardWash.com, a mouth guard sanitizing device that is already popular amongst professional teams around North America.

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Thomas Gillespie - Steelheads Head Athletic Trainer

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Thomas Gillespie started working for the Steelheads in 2013-14 as Head Athletic Trainer for the Idaho Steelheads. Gillespie monitors the health and wellness of Steelheads players, including treatments, pregame preparations, and injury rehabilitation.

Gillespie attended Appalachian State University for his undergraduate studies and earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. While in college, Gillespie was a student athletic trainer at Appalachian State and was on the training staff for the Baseball and Men’s Soccer teams at UNC-Charlotte. Gillespie worked as the Rehab Coordinator at Melilli Chiropractic in Clearwater, Florida prior to moving to Boise and joining the Steelheads.

Gillespie lives in Boise with his wife Lane and their twin children, Zachary and Vivian.

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Robert Walker, M.D. – Team Doctor

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Darby Webb, M.D. – Team Doctor

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Jared Johnson, M.D. – Team Doctor

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Chris Lawler, M.D. – Team Doctor

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Kip Dribnak– Director, St. Luke’s Athletic Training Outreach

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Alex Maffuccio – Resident Sports Physical Therapist

Kraig Knotts – Team Chiropractor

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Steven Maier – Team Chiropractor

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Ryan Johnson – Vision Care

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Lynn Blaisdell, DDS, OA – Team Dentist

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Craig Blaisdell, DDS – Team Dentist

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